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8 bodies found under collapsed building in Italy

Eight people were found dead on Saturday under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building near the southern Italian city of Naples, after rescue workers searched for bodies through the night, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The four-story apartment in the town of Torre Annunziata, built in the 1950s and overlooking the sea, crumbled at around 6:20 a.m. local time on Friday.

Rescue workers said on Friday that eight people were missing.

“We recovered all the bodies… We found them all dead,” national fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said.

Firefighters search the rubble after a building collapsed near the Italian city of Naples, on July 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

He said search and rescue operations had ended and that the eight victims included two young brothers, aged 14 and eight.

The cause remained under investigation, but authorities say it may be linked to renovation work on the building, located along the Naples-Salerno railway line in the town of Torre Annunziata.

Witnesses said there was no explosion before the collapse but that a train had just passed by. The Italian railway said vibrations from the train have no impact on adjacent buildings.

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